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“The City of Dreadful Night”

by James Thomson, (1834-1882)

O melancholy Brothers, dark, dark, dark!

O battling in black floods without an ark!

O spectral wanderers of unholy Night!

My soul hath bled for you these sunless years,

With bitter blood-drops running down like tears:

Oh dark, dark, dark, withdrawn from joy and light!

My heart is sick with anguish for your bale;

Your woe hath been my anguish; yea, I quail

And perish in your perishing unblest.

And I have searched the highths and depths, the scope

Of all our universe, with desperate hope

To find some solace for your wild unrest.

And now at last authentic word I bring,

Witnessed by every dead and living thing;

Good tidings of great joy for you, for all:

There is no God; no Fiend with names divine

Made us and tortures us; if we must pine,

It is to satiate no Being’s gall.

It was the dark delusion of a dream,

That living Person conscious and supreme,

Whom we must curse for cursing us with life;

Whom we must curse because the life he gave

Could not be buried in the quiet grave,

Could not be killed by poison or the knife.

This little life is all we must endure,

The grave’s most holy peace is ever sure,

We fall asleep and never wake again;

Nothing is of us but the mouldering flesh,

Whose elements dissolve and merge afresh

In earth, air, water, plants, and other men.


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This is a wonderful vintage cotton hanky with Donald Duck and his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie on a nautical adventure. This little piece of Disney history would look wonderful framed in a vintage frame. It is signed C.Walt Disney Productions in the lower left, and measures about 8.5″ square. Aside from a single hole, the condition is very good.

Other Examples

These images are used to show examples of Donald Duck handkerchiefs:

Interesting Facts about Donald Duck

Hake’s Americana & Collectibles has sold the first Donald Duck model sheet, created in 1934 for the Disney cartoon The Wise Little Hen, for a record-breaking $75,000.

– Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy.

– Donald Duck comics were never banned in Finland, because the character doesn’t wear pants. That is just an urban legend. In a meeting held in Helsinki regarding youth affairs a candidate for Finland’s liberal party, Markku Holopainen, proposed that the country save money and promote fitness by replacing the Donald Duck comics it was providing to youth with sports magazines, which were cheaper at the time. The proposition was heartily approved by all of those in attendance.

– Donald Duck is the mascot of the University of Oregon.

– Donald has a star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame.

– It has been said that Mickey Mouse represents what we should be, while Donald Duck represents what we are.

– Donald’s temperament is the one thing that stands between Donald and Daisy.

– He usually wears a sailor shirt, cap, and a red or black bow tie, but no trousers (except when he goes swimming).

– Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck are the sons of Della Duck (Donald Duck’s sister) and of her husband (who remains unknown). As identical triplets, Huey, Dewey and Louie are impossible to tell apart.

– Today, Donald Duck is recognized by people of all ages, the world over. His face appears on lunch boxes, T-shirts, and thousands of other products.


Donald Duck’s name in…

Arabic: بطوط (Buttoot)

Bulgarian:  Доналд Дък

Chinese: 唐老鴨 (Tang Lao Ya)

Czech: Kačer Donald

Danish: Anders And

Dutch: Donald Duck

Estonian: Piilupart Donald

Faeroese: Dunnaldur Dunna

Finnish: Aku Ankka

French: Donald Duck

German: Donald Duck

Greek: Ntonalt Ntak – Ντόναλντ Ντακ

Indonesian: Donal Bebek

Italian: Paolino Paperino

Japanese: ドナルドダック (Donarudo Dakku)

Korean: 도널드 덕

Latin: Donaldus Anas

Polish: Kacer Donald – Kaczor Donald

Portuguese: Pato Donald

Russian: Donald Dak – Дональд Дак

Sámi: Vulle Vuojaš

Serbo-Croatian: Paja Patak (Serbia); Pajo Patak (Bosnia/Croatia in ex-YU); Patak Pasko (Croatia today)

Slovene: Jaka Racman

Spanish: El Pato Donald

Swedish: Kalle Anka

Turkish: Vakvak Amca – Donald Amca

Vietnam: Vịt donald

Carl Barks

(27/03/1901 – 25/08/2000, EE.UU.)

Carl Barks is the foremost Duck artist of them all, and many consider him as the best comics creator of all time.


Ode to the Disney Ducks

by Carl Barks

They ride tall ships to the far away,

and see the long ago.

They walk where fabled people trod,

and Yetis trod the snow.

They meet the folks who live on stars,

and find them much like us,

With food and love and happiness

the things they most discuss.

The world is full of clans and cults

abuzz as angry bees,

And Junior Woodchucks snapping jeers

at Littlest Chickadees.

The ducks show us that part of life

is to forgive a slight.

That black eyes given in revenge

keep hatred burning bright.

So when our walks in sun or shade

pass graveyards filled by wars,

It’s nice to stop and read of ducks

whose battles leave no scars.

To read of ducks who parody

our vain attempts at glory,

They don’t exist, but somehow leave

us glad we bought their story.


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Made by Régé – 1950
Lunettes Régé & Associés is a subsidiary of L’Amy group, leader of the french eyewear industry and one of the world largest manufacturer.
Country of Manufacture: France
Color: tortoise shell plastic cat eye with rhinestone accents.

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1950
Country of Manufacture: Argentina
Color: silver
and black plastic cat eye

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1970
Made by Jordache
By the 1970’s, Jordache negotiated licensing deals for the name for products ranging from sunglasses to women’s sportswear.
Country of Manufacture: Italy
Color: White with Black with rhinestone accents.

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1970
Country of Manufacture: Italy
Color: Tortoise Shell Plastic Frames.

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1970
Color: Tortoise Shell Plastic Frames.


Vintage Sunglasses


Some Examples…

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Sunglasses History

The history of sunglasses can be traced back to ancient Rome around the year AD 60, where the Emperor Nero is said to have watched gladiator fights whilst holding up polished emerald-green gems to his eyes, thus reducing the effect of the sun’s glare.
Pliny says about the Emerald Smaragdus: “In form these are mostly concave, so as to reunite the rays of light and the powers of vision. When the surface of the smaragdus is flat, it reflects the image of objects in the same manner as a mirror. The emperor Nero used to view the combats of gladiators upon (with, or by means of) a smaragdus”.
The name emerald is a derivative of an ancient Persian word, coming to us through the corruption of the Latin “Smaragdus “.

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Sunglasses were invented in China in 1430 using smoke tinting glass technology. Early Chinese eyeglasses were kept in place with weights that hung down behind the ears. Among the first people to wear tinted glasses were Chinese judges who wore smoke-tinted quartz lenses to conceal their eye expressions during court proceedings.

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The first pair of sunglasses was introduced by designer James Ayscough in 1752. He developed blue and green corrective lenses, beginning the use of sunglasses for correcting optical impairments.

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Yellow/Amber and brown-tinted spectacles were also a commonly-prescribed item for people with syphilis in the 19th and early 20th centuries because of the sensitivity to light that was one of the symptoms of the disease.
In the early 20th Century, some people wear sunglasses to compensate for the brightness of sunlight. The use of sunglasses started to become more widespread, especially among the pioneering stars of silent movies.

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In 1929 Sam Foster’s “Foster Grants” became the first mass-produced sunglasses and they began the trend of marketing sunglasses for fashion.
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Sunglasses would not become polarized, however, until 1936, when Edwin H. Land began experimenting with making lenses with his patented Polaroid filter.

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Edwin H. Land

The 1950’s saw the birth of rock and roll and the first wave of teenage uber-fans, who popularized the poodle skirts, saddle shoes, white bobby socks and cat eye glasses.
The Classic Cat Eye is the most common in women’s sunglasses; lenses which are wider in the middle than on either side; with a greater curve on the bottom than the top, and often encrusted with rhinestones or other jewels in the pointed corners.
Pop singer Lisa Loeb has made cat eye glasses a big part of her signature look, and she is often credited with the modern comeback of these stylish 1950s frames.

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By the 1970’s Hollywood stars and fashion designers made a huge impact on the sunglasses market. Clothing designers and stars put their names on glasses.

Today, sunglasses continue to have advances. There are protective treatments available for eyeglass lenses that need it which will give better protection.

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Ava Gardner and Dominguin

Sofia Loren

Sofia Loren

Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot

Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve

Drawing by Kofkof

Drawing by Kofkof

Illustration by Toko Ohmori

Illustration by Toko Ohmori

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Beautifully vanity compact carry-all purse with a nice handle, made from gold tone metal and black suede. The interior is lined with satin and features a rectangular mirror, plus three individual compartments for loose powder, lipstick and a powder puff. The metal and the clasp are in perfect condition, c.1930.

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This is another very pretty black silk purse is a bit like a carry all of vanity type purse. I believe it is from the 50’s and is French in origin. It is lined with caramel suede. The clasp is nice and secure, and the mirror is in mint condition. If the purse was used, it would have been rarely and gently.

Some other examples…

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Purses, pouches or bags have been used since humans have needed to carry precious items. The purse, which came in many shapes and sizes, was a common accessory for both men and women.

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coca bags - Bolivia

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History of Handbags & Purses

The pouch is a form that has existed since prehistoric times. Made from vegetable fibers twisted together or animal skins, the bags appear to have held many functions, ranging from seed storage to burial containers.

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Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs show men wearing purses around the waist, and the Bible specifically identifies Judas Iscariot as a purse carrier.
The aegis refers to several different things in Greek mythology. Robert Ranke Graves in “The Greek Myths” (1955) asserts that the aegis in its Libyan sense had been a shamanic pouch, filled with powerful ritual objects belonging to Athena.
Handbags were used by the Babylonians and Assyrians from 1500 BCE to 550 BCE. They were richly embroidered and used for religious ceremonies.

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Ecclesiastical purses were highly significant and were used to hold relics.
San Eloi (Limoges 590-659) once preached an excellent sermon, still preserved, against superstition. He denounced particularly the use of charms and incantations. But he had his own little streak of superstition. When he had committed some fault, after confession, he used to hang bags of relics in his room, and watch them for a sign of forgiveness.
Included in the treasury of an ancient cathedral in Sion, Switzerland, are five purses or bags that had been designed to withhold the revered relics of saints. The pouches are dated to the fourteenth-century but are of unknown origin.

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The first evidence of a handbag with any role as a fashion accessory came in medieval times, when wealthy women would embellish the simple bag they wore on their belts to carry their necessities, with lavish embroidery and even jewels, to reflect their status.
From the 14th to 16th centuries the city of Caen, France, was noted for its embroidered bags and purses, which had the local name of tasques (tasque, tasche or tasse), whence the street inhabited by the embroiderers was called the Rue Tasquiere.

Et de passer devant l’huys ne se lasse,
Et met à point ou sa robe ou sa tasse.

Le Debat de deux fortunes d’amours
by Alain Chartier (1390-c.1440)

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The handbags that have been verified historically were small sacks carried by gentlemen containing pomanders (scented spices and oranges), flint and money. These were called “pockets” and were hung by thongs from the back of the girdle.
From the 17th century to the late 19th century, most women had at least one pair of pockets, which served a similar purpose as a handbag does today.

Lucy Locket lost her pocket,
Kitty Fisher found it;
Not a penny was there in it,
Only ribbon round it.

Lucy Locket
English nursery rhyme.

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In the 1790s women began to use reticules, decorative bags designed be carried over the arm in the manner of our contemporary handbag.

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The term ‘handbag’ first came in to use at the beginning of the twentieth century and was used for leather bags then carried by men. It was the 1920’s that saw the first emergence of the modern handbag carried by women.

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This exciting accessory can be divided in many categories depending on their age, quality, style and design: Pouch Bags, Reticule-Miniature purses, Beaded Bags, Clutches, Black Bags, Pocket books, Evening Bags, Purses.
It can be made in different materials: embroidery stitches, gilt-trimmed velvets, soft leathers, crocheting, silk tapestries, metals, precious stones and sparkly beads
The handbag was a symbol of their new independence women could now go forth into the world carrying all they needed themselves.

Valentino Handbag

Valentino Handbag


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It is a wonderful Victorian hat-box with a hinged lid that fastens the box,with a lockable clasp and a strap and buckle which acts as a handle. The hat-box is intended to secure the safekeeping of finest hats, in the days when people traveled by ship, carriage or train.

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Different types of hat boxes

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hat-boxes

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Rita Preuss Paintings

Born in Germany in 1924.

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Selbst Pinselkranz

Hutschachtel - 1987

Hutschachtel - 1987


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This is an genuine spring straw hat, made in Italy, and beautifully adorned with flowers of that period. Circa 1900

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Straw Hats Examples

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The Straw Industry in Italy

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The demand for straw plait was driven by fashion. By the 1800s, the Italians had the largest European straw industry employing 80,000 people. The industry was centred in villages around Florence, but there were other centres in the Piedmont and around Venice.

Today…

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Gallery of Art

 

Pierre Auguste Renoir - Luncheon at the Boating Party

Pierre Auguste Renoir - Luncheon at the Boating Party

 

 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir  - French Impressionist Painter, (1841-1919)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - French Impressionist Painter, (1841-1919)

Pimenov Jury  – Russian painter  (1903-1977)

Pimenov Jury – Russian painter (1903-1977)

George Romney (1734-1802)  English portrait painter - Emma Hart in a Straw Hat

George Romney (1734-1802) English portrait painter - Emma Hart in a Straw Hat

Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755–1842)

Élisabeth Vigée-Lebrun (1755–1842)

 

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